Is Italy Ready for an African-born Government Minister?

Two months after the recent elections, Italy has a new government. And Cécile Kyenge, 48 years old, an eye surgeon and Congo-born Italian citizen, is the new Minister for Integration in the cabinet of Prime Minister Enrico Letta. As spokesperson of the network “Primo marzo”, an advocacy movement for immigrants rights, Ms. Kyenge has led campaigns against racism and discrimination, and she is an expert on immigration policies. As the new minister appointed to facilitate the integration of second and third generations immigrants, the main focus of her work will be the approval of a citizenship bill to allow children born in Italy, regardless the nationality of their parents, to become Italian according to the principle of the ius soli. Continue reading